shoes off

Back when we were at Cookie we did a story about shoes-off policy…and we got in this lovely hand-made ceramic sign from Rae Dunn, who makes them in her Bay Area studio. It’s such a nice way to eliminate the awkward “oh is this a shoes-off house” conversation that happens when a first-time guest comes over.

on the table

It was after an uncivilized routine emerged at our family dinner table that I realized I could use some help. Night after night, I was trying to enjoy conversation laced with talk of bodily functions, or even more hilarious, actual ones. I was forever reminding one son to bring the fork up to his mouth […]


When your kid’s friends come over, are you a Mrs, a Ms, or a first name only kind of mom? Some people don’t care…and some people care a lot. When I relocated from a relaxed city neighborhood to a small New England town, I came face to face with tightly held values concerning traditionalism and formality. […]

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